Current Exhibitions

Lesley Dill: Faith & the Devil

January 24-March 22, 2015

Lesley Dill is one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language and fine art. Faith & the Devil is a large-scale installation that investigates the philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith in the world. The source and lynchpin for this investigation is Big Gal Faith, an eight-foot tall female figure centered in the gallery. Her wild, word-hair and lavish twenty-six foot wide dress of drawn images and words express the main themes of the exhibition: cruelty and violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection and transcendence. Mural sized drawings create a dense forest of interlocking words and images stenciled on fabric and function as a theatrical backdrop.

Artist Talk with Lesley Dill, Thursday, January 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with artist Lesley Dill and College of Central Florida Professor Dr. Scott Olsen in the auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Recent Acquisitions to the Appleton Collection

October 25-february 1, 2015

Over the past three years, the Appleton Museum of Art has seen many works of art come into its permanent collection including antiquities, American photography, prints by internationally renowned 20th century artists, fine examples of Chinese decorative arts, an 18th century oil portrait, and major paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Florida and Caribbean artists. These, along with rare coins dating from Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome, all reflect the many cultures and time periods collected by Arthur I Appleton.

¬†Recent Acquisitions on view will include 20th century works by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) and Francisco Zuniga (Costa Rica, 1912-1998) as well as fine later paintings of Floridians and the Florida environment by Jack Thursby, Christopher Still, Mark Messersmith and the German-born painter Karl Zerbe (1903-1972). The prominent Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz is represented with two fun and whimsical works in bronze and glazed ceramic and works by the Cuban artist Sandro de la Rosa brings captivating realism to the exhibition. ¬†An elaborately decorated Chinese chest represents skilled craftsmanship in decorative arts from the past and is a welcome new addition to the Appleton’s Asian collection.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.